Dr Ehsan Arabzadeh, MD, PhD, Neural Coding Group, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, JCSMR, ANU.
Ehsan Arabzadeh is a group leader and an ARC Future Fellow at the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience. He holds a Medical Degree (MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences; 2001) and a PhD (cum laude) in Neuroscience (International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA, Trieste, Italy; 2005). In 2006, Ehsan moved to Australia with a Human Frontier Science Program long-term fellowship to undertake post-doctoral research at the University of Sydney. In 2008, he established his lab at the University of NSW. Beginning of 2013, Ehsan moved his research group, the Neural Coding Lab, to the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU.
The lab studies sensory processing at the level of single cells and cortical circuits. Different projects apply electrophysiological and optical imaging techniques to observe the activity of single neurons or neuronal ensembles in order to investigate how the whisker sensory pathway provides the rat with a reliable representation of sensory stimuli; how this elegant cortical circuitry (the “barrel” cortex) allows the processing of sensory signals, and how the animal “reads out” the cortical population activity to generate appropriate actions.